Sebastian Barry’s powerful novel about the harsh realities of war examines the Great War from the perspective of Irish soldiers fighting for Britain.
A Long Long Way evokes the camaraderie and humour of Willie and his regiment, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, but also the cruelty and sadness of war, and the divided loyalties that many Irish soldiers felt. The narrative also dramatises the events of the Easter Rising in Ireland, and explores how such a seminal political moment came to affect the Irish boys fighting for the King of England on foreign fields - the paralysing doubts and divisions it caused them.
About the AuthorSebastian Barry is an Irish playwright and novelist. He was born in Dublin.